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Weird Prep Goes Into Wing Eating

Thursday, February 4, 2010 17:20 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Scarfing down hundreds of chicken wings like a champ takes some pretty bizarre preparation.

Tomorrow (Feb. 5) is the 18th Annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, where 29 contestants will eat as many chicken wings as possible in just 30 minutes.

Wing Bowl creator Al Morganti says participants will try anything to come out victorious.

One guy eats Tootsie Rolls for a month straight to strengthen his jaw. Another swears by eating nine heads of lettuce prior to pigging out.

Morganti says contestants typically polish off 200 to 240 wings apiece during the challenge with no hand wipes in sight.

They must leave the bones completely clean for it to count and abide by the No. 1 rule: “If you heave, you leave.”

Still, almost every year someone ends up puking.

Morganti says the most impressive Wing Bowl upset ever was when a tiny, 98-pound woman ate 210 wings to rule the roost.

She celebrated by going to lunch right after.